Chef Hiro Mitsui was born in Nagoya City, Japan, and moved to Osaka when he was 21. Osaka is the home of okonomiyaki, and he learned how to cook Japanese comfort food from his mom. In 2011 Hiro moved to the US to play basketball in the EBA league. After two seasons of his semi-pro career, he injured his knee. He started working at Aoi as a line cook, and then at Toki Underground in Washington, DC, followed by Maketto and others, before starting Uzu. Uzu means ‘vortex’ in Japanese. Uzu gives Chef Hiro an outlet to show people his version of the Japanese comfort food he grew up eating.